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Taxation of Labor Income and the Demand for Risky Assets

It is well known that the implicit insurance provided by labor income taxes can reduce total saving. We show that this insurance can change the composition of saving as well, because the reduction in labor-income risk may affect the amount of financial risk that an individual chooses to bear. Given plausible restrictions on preferences, any change in taxes that reduces an individual's labor-income risk and does not make her worse off will lead her to invest more in risky assets. This effect can be quantitatively important for realistic changes in tax rates.
Finance and Economics Discussion Series , Paper 1996-32

Reading the fine print: how details matter in tax and expenditure limitations

At least 30 states, including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, operate under ?tax and expenditure limitations? (TELs): formula-based budgeting requirements that apply specific limits to expenditures, appropriations, or revenue collections by state or local government. More than a dozen states considered TELs in 2006. Legislation proposing a new TEL to further limit General Fund appropriations in Rhode Island was introduced; Maine citizens will vote on a more restrictive TEL this November. ; Several factors, including a desire for lower taxes and a belief that additional ...
New England Public Policy Center Research Report , Paper 06-3

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Measuring fiscal disparities across the U. S. states: a representative revenue system/representative expenditure system approach, fiscal year 2002

States and their local governments vary both in their needs to provide basic public services and in their abilities to raise revenues to pay for those services. A joint study by the Tax Policy Center and the New England Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston uses the Representative Revenue System (RRS) and the Representative Expenditure System (RES) frameworks to quantify these disparities across states by comparing each state?s revenue capacity, revenue effort, and necessary expenditures to the average capacity, effort, and need in states across the country for fiscal year 2002. ...
New England Public Policy Center Working Paper , Paper 06-2

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Are excise tax revenues a quick fix?

Fiscal Facts , Issue Fall , Pages 1-3, 8

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Should Internet sales transactions be taxed?

Over the past three years, electronic commerce has grown explosively at rates of 200 to 300 percent per year. After spending just $2.4 billion over the Internet in 1997, consumers transacted about $25 billion in Internet sales in 1999, according to an estimate by Ernst & Young. The firm predicts that the value of on-line transactions will double to $50 billion in the current year. By 2004, says Forrester Research, Internet sales to consumers will reach $184 billion, an annualized growth rate of 49 percent over the five-year period from 2000 to 2004.
Fiscal Facts , Issue Win , Pages 1-4

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Do New England's public schools need finance reform? (Accountability and education reform, part 1)

Fiscal Facts , Issue Fall , Pages 1-5

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Is leverage a tax dodge--or not?

In passing the Tax Reform Act of 1986, policymakers wanted to ensure that corporations would pay their fair share of tax. Congress broadened the corporate tax base, rescinded the investment tax credit, and instituted a new minimum tax. The issue of adequate tax payments has not gone away, however, because corporations have been taking larger interest deductions as a result of having substituted debt for equity on their balance sheets. ; This study begins by measuring the aggregate tax consequences of corporate leverage decisions. It also examines the tax implications of recent transactions in ...
New England Economic Review , Issue Mar , Pages 11-32

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The taxation of banks: particular privileges or objectionable burdens?

New England Economic Review , Issue May , Pages 3-18

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City property taxes: the effects of economic change and competitive pressures

New England Economic Review , Issue Jul , Pages 22-36

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The economics of tax simplification: an overview

New England Economic Review , Issue Jan , Pages 11-28



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